Monday, September 30, 2019

Dunlap Outlines Farmer's Costs to Raise Cotton in 1919

From the Monroe Journal, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1919

Cost $235 to Raise Bale of Cotton in 1919, Says Dunlap. . . Correspondent Says $51.76 Per Pound Is What Farmers Should Get for This Year’s Crop

Waxhaw R.F.D. No. 1, Sept. 29—Your correspondent has compiled the following which shows the cost of raising cotton this year:

Rent of 20 acres of land at $7.50 per acre, $150
Three tons fertilizer at $60 per ton, $180
Hauling fertilizer from market, $15
Rent of one mule, $35
Feed for mule, $250
Wear of tools, $15
Wages for one plow hand at $50 per month, including board, $600
Hoeing three times at $1 per acre, $60
Seed for planting (20 bushels at $1.25), $25
Picking 10,000 pounds seed cotton, $100
Hauling 6 ½ bales to gin at $2 per bale, $13
Ginning, at $3.50 per bale, $22
Bagging and ties, at $2 per bale, $22
Total, $1,478.75
Less 3¼ tons seed at $57, $184.75
Cost of 6 ½ bales lint cotton, $1,294
Cost per bale, $235.27
Cost per pound, $47.05

Therefore, figuring cost plus 10 per cent, we have $51.76, which the farmer should be receiving for this year’s crop.

You will notice that I have figured 500 pounds seed cotton or 162 ½ pounds lint per acre, which is more than this year’s estimate gives, and is really more than the average yield; but wishing to be absolutely fair, I have figured wages below actual cost and yields above actual in order that the thing might not appear so ridiculous.

Dr. Poe said some weeks ago in the Progressive Farmer that the reason why farmers could put cotton on the market for less than cost was explained by the fact that they worked themselves without wages, worked their wives without wages, and their children without wages when the children ought to be in school learning better sense than to treat their offspring as their daddies had treated them.
There is great big truth in the accusation, and when we figure cost hereafter let’s figure some wages for the old woman and the kids. What moral right is there in working children for nothing just because they are our own kids? Think about it.
--Novus Homo

State and National News Briefs, Sept. 30, 1919

From the Monroe Journal, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 1919

News Events of the Day in the State and Nation

A still and five gallons of peach brandy were captured yesterday by officers near Hickory.

A strike of railway employees in England has resulted in a complete stoppage of railway transportation.

The peace treaty and the steel strike remain the engrossing affairs of Congress this week.

Two negroes accused of criminal assault on white women were lynched yesterday near Montgomery, Ala.

Herbert C. Hoover has “retired from public office” and will devote his time to Stanford University in California.

Students of Davidson College were given a holiday in which to pick cotton. Money made in this way will be placed at the disposal of the college.

Wm. S. Benton of Salisbury died yesterday as a result of injuries received when he fell from a porch roof while walking in his sleep.

The lifeless body of Miss Ruth Blackwelder of Winston-Salem was found yesterday hanging by a rope from the barn rafters. No reason could be assigned for the rash act.

President Wilson returned to Washington yesterday from his interrupted speaking tour and was able to walk from his train to a waiting automobile.

The U.S. shipping board has taken over eight German liners, including the Imperator, second largest ship in the world. These ships were used to bring home American troops.

All mills in Albemarle resumed work yesterday morning, an agreement being reached by strikers and mill representatives. Each of the 19 defendant operatives were bound under bonds of $200 each.

Mrs. George Singletary, her 3-year-old child, and Charles Edwards are in serious condition as a result of being shot by Mr. Singletary’s husband. The shooting occurred several miles from Lumberton. Jealousy was the cause.

President Wilson’s breakdown on his western trip is taking by Democratic politicians in Washington as the answer to whether or not he will seek a renomination. It is not likely the President could face a hard campaign.

King Albert and Queen Elizabeth of Belgium with many distinguished Belgians will arrived in New York tomorrow for a visit to this country. They will be the week-end guests of the President and Mrs. Wilson at the White House.

Wm. Brown, a negro charged with criminal assault, was dragged from the county jail in Omaha, Neb., Sunday and hanged to an electric pole, following a struggle of nine hours by a mob to wrest him from the sheriff. Troops were rushed to the city and several are dead and injured.

Mansell F. Mills, alias C.C. Anderson of Greensboro, was taken in custody yesterday under charge of being an escaped prisoner from a federal prison at Lorton, Va. Mills received a sentence of three years under a charge of using the mails to defraud, but escaped in 1917.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

From Editorial Page of Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 29, 1919

From the editorial page of the Hickory Daily Record, Monday, Sept. 29, 1919

What is the status of the library now? A sum has been appropriated by the Carnegie commission, a special tax has been voted to maintain the library and the contract would be awarded but for the fact that the cost of the building is nearly twice what it was when the appropriation was made. The lot has been given by Mrs. Worth Elliott.

Under any circumstances that can be conceived, the library should be built.

We may be required to meet the extra cost by public subscription. Let’s have the library in any event before the close of 1920.


It remained for an Omaha mob to carry violence to the fartherest extreme in the annals of crime-avengers in this country. The mob lynched a negro, who was taken from a sheriff’s armed guard, set fire to the court house, strung up the mayor of the town. He was rescued by the police. What is the country coming to, anyway?


The Albemarle mill strike has been settled and the employes were to return to work this morning. Mr. Ritch is said to have brought on the strike, and Mr. Barrett of Asheville, an older hand in the union game, is believed to have been instrumental in stopping the affair.

Solicitor Brock will determine whether the mill interests at Albemarle sought to prevent this organization of the workers, a charge that was made Saturday. The owners had no more right to stop the union from organizing than the union had in trying to stop non-union workers from entering the mills.

Deaths in September, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, Monday, Sept. 29, 1919

Mrs. A.D. Holler

The Rock Hill Herald of Friday, September 19, contained the following account of the death of Mrs. A.D. Holler, who was so well known in Hickory:

Mrs. A.D. Holler, widow of the late Capt. A.D. Holler, died last night at 10:30 o’clock at her residence on West Main Street. She had been in bad health since the death of her husband last April. Martha Miller Holler was the eldest daughter of Ephraim and Amy Isenhour Miller and was born February 19, 1842, near Hickory, N.C., on the old Miller homestead in which her father was born.

In 1865 Martha Miller was married to Adlai D. Holler and on August 20, 1915, they celebrated their golden wedding. Capt. and Mrs. Holler came to Rock Hill in January 1872, when it was a mere village and at the time of her death Mrs. Holler was one of the oldest continuous residents of the city, and was one of the best known and most beloved women in the community.

Mrs. Holler was a devoted member of St. John’s Methodist Church for nearly 40 years, several years ago having transferred her membership to the West Main Street Church, of which she was affectionately called the mother. Captain Holler donated the lot and contributed considerable money to the erection of the church edifice; and was a most arduous worker through out the years she lived here. As a sympathetic friend to all classes she had no superior. She was a great Bible student and one of the earliest missionary workers in the community. Until her recent illness she was a consecrated teacher in the Sunday school and was most active in the missionary societies of her denomination in this state. Mrs. Holler believed devoutly in the family altar and took time throughout her busy life to conduct Bible readings with her children and hold prayer services as a part of the homelife.

Surviving are the following children: Mrs. J.G. Anderson, Rock Hill; Rev. A.E. Holler, Laurens; Emory A. Holler, Rock Hill; Mrs. G.W. Killian, Hickory, N.C.; Rev. John D. Holler, Greenville; Eugene M. Holler, Rock Hill.

The funeral will be held from West Main Street Methodist Church tomorrow morning at 10:30 o’clock, the services to be conducted by Rev. L.P. McGee and Rev. Roy W. Wilkes. Interment will be in Laurelwood, the pallbearers being Active—George Beach, J.B. Johnson, C.J. Henry, Boyd Roach, Julius Sealey, J.B. Sykes; honorary—Dr. W.W. Fennell, T.L. Johnston, Dr. D.E. Walker, Julius Friedham, W.B. Wilson Sr.


Death of Young Lady

Miss Sallie E. Beach, 18-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.R. Beach, died Sunday morning at 9 o’clock at their home in West Hickory. The funeral was held from West Hickory Baptist church today by Rev. L.P. Smith and interment was in Houck’s chapel burial ground.


Young Man Dies

Mr. Irl Stine, 232-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. G.L. Stine of Hildebran, died in Dr. Long’s Sanitorium at Statesville yesterday afternoon following and operation last Monday for appendicitis. The young man was an attendant at the state hospital at Morganton and was a splendid fellow. He suffered his first attack two years ago. The remains were brought home last night and the funeral was held at Mount Olive church.


J.D. Nixon

Newton, Sept. 29—The remains of J.D. Nixon who died at his home in Charlotte Friday night were brought to this place yesterday morning and taken to Eastview cemetery where they were interred, the services being conducted by the Masons. Mr. Nixon was for several years jailor and deputy sheriff of Catawba county and made his home in Newton until about four years ago when he moved to Charlotte. He made many friends during his residence here who regret to learn of his death. He was about 65 years of age and is survived by one daughter, Mrs. W.C. Caldwell of Charlotte; several brothers and sisters, among them being Mrs. David A. Barkley of Charlotte, Mrs. Edward Howard of Gastonia, Mrs. Charlie Kelly of Cornelius, T.I. Nixon of Mount Mourne, and J.W. Nixon of Iredell county. The remains were accompanied to this place by quite a number of his relatives and friends.


Greek Killed When Automobile Turns Over

Salisbury, Sept. 29—Alex Yantsois, a Greek restaurant proprietor, was instantly killed and Dr. R.H. Ellington and William Wolfe, all of Salisbury, were seriously injured about 10 o’clock last night when the automobile which the Greek was driving turned over several times on the China Grove Road five miles below Salisbury. Yantsois was very popular with Salisbury people.


From the Hickory Daily Record, Monday, Sept. 29, 1919. Last name was spelled Hensley on first reference and Hansley on second reference. I don’t know which is correct.

Machinist Slain in Weaverville Quarrel

Asheville, N.C., Sept. 29—Lee Buckner, a machinist about 35 years of age, was shot through the heart by Monroe Hensley yesterday morning at Weaverville, near this city.

He ran out of his house and fell dead on the sidewalk. At the coroner’s inquest no cause was given for the shooting except that Hansley was in an intoxicated condition. Both men have large families.


From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 27, 1919. J.W. Brown's age was given as 7 in the article, which is obviously wrong, since he had a 25-year-old son.

Three Men Killed by Yard Engine

Winston-Salem, Sept. 25—J.W. Brown, aged 7 (?), and his son, C.W. Brown, aged 25, and Arch Stevens, aged 40, all of Walnut Cove, R.F.D. 3, met instant death about 11:30 today when a Southern railway shifting engine struck a Ford automobile in which they were riding. The bodies of the men were literally ground to pieces under the engine, and the car was torn into splinters. The engine was stopped about 200 feet from the crossing. The wrecked car was under the tender, it having been struck by the rear of the engine. Pieces of the bodies and splinters from the car were intermingled along the track from the crossing to where the engine was stopped.

A colored man, an eye witness to the accident, says he did not notice the driver of the automobile increase or slacken his speed as he ascended the steep grade crossing at Fourteenth Street just north of the city.

The dead were all men with families and were well-to-do farmers in the community where they lived. The bodies were sent to Walnut Cove this afternoon. An inquest was held and the coroner’s jury returned a verdict that “the men came to their death from an unavoidable accident.”


From the Brevard News, Sept. 26, 1919

Death of Mrs. Young

Mrs. R.T. Young died at her home in the Boilston section Sunday morning at the age of 79 years, and was buried Wednesday at Mills River Chapel. The funeral was conducted by Rev. A.J. Manley.
Mrs. Young had been a resident of Boilston for many years and was highly esteemed by all who knew her. She was an aunt of Postmaster W.M. Henry.


Death Claims Son of E.C. Neill

E.C. Neill Jr., the younger son of Mr. and Mrs. E.C. Neill, died Monday morning at 10 o’clock after a short illness. The dead boy was about 12 years of age. He was in the fifth grade in the city schools and a regular attendant of the Baptist Sunday school.

The funeral was held in the Baptist church Tuesday afternoon by Rev. C.E. Puett, and the remains were laid to rest in the Davidson River cemetery. The deceased is survived by his parents, one sister and one brother, in whose mourning a wide circle of friends join and to whom is extended the sympathy of the entire community.


From the Hickory Daily Record, Tuesday evening, Sept. 23, 1919

Marvin Carr Dies at His Home in New York

Durham, Sept. 23—A. Marvin Carr, first vice president and sales manager for the Durham Hosiery mills, died Sunday afternoon at New York. He had been in impaired health for about a year. He was the second son of Gen. Julian S. Carr and his father and brother, Julian S. Carr Jr., were with him at death. The remains have been placed temporarily in a receiving vault in New York, where they will be held for funeral rites to be announced as soon as the family in several sections of the country, can be assembled.

Mr. Carr is survived by his wife and two children; his father, Gen. Julian S. Carr; two sisters, Mrs. H.C. Flower and Mrs. W.F. Patton of Kansas City, and three brothers, J.S. Carr Jr., C.M. Carr and A. Carr.


From The Review, High Point, N.C., Sept. 18, 1919


Jessie Beodenheimer, age 67, died at his home on Elf Street Friday afternoon following a long illness. He was a well-known and highly respected citizen. The funeral services were conducted from the residence Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock by Rev. Geo. R. Brown, after which the remains were interred in Oakwood Cemetery.

Young Woman Dies in Local Hospital

Mrs. Elizabeth Lewis, age 29, died at a local hospital Thursday morning after a long illness.
The deceased is survived by her husband, E.C. Lewis; three children and three brothers, J.G. Cranford, Arthur Cranford of Troy; and Edward Cranford of Lillington.

Mrs. Lewis was a woman of high Christian character and was exceedingly well regarded in the community.

The funeral services were held at the home on Tate Street Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock, after which the remains were taken to Oakwood Cemetery for interment.


Sunday night Mrs. Elizabeth Moore, aged 58, died following an illness of several weeks. Deceased is survived by her husband, three sons and a host of friends. Interment was at Kannapolis, following funeral services Monday morning at 11 o’clock, conducted by Rev. James. W. Rose.


From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Sept. 18, 1919

Negro Drops Dead While on Trial

Greensboro, Sept. 16—The death of Claude Gilmer, a negro, here this afternoon, was one of the most spectacular occurrences ever witnessed in the State. Gilmer fell to the floor just as a witness testified against him to the effect that he was implicated in a highway robbery. At the mention of his name Gilmer groaned, gave a loud gurgle and fell to the floor, gasping for breath. Officers and fellow prisoners quickly carried him into the hall, where he died in just six minutes. Sheriff Stafford and Jailor Gaffey said that he had been suffering from a leaking heart.

The incident created a tense situation in the court for a while, though later the trial of Gilmer’s co-defendants was resumed. Judge Bryson is holding the term in court.


From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Sept. 16, 1919

Mrs. M.E. Jones

Mrs. M.E. Jones, who resides on Pine street, passed away yesterday morning about 9 o’clock. Her remains were shipped to Mount Olive for interment this afternoon. The deceased leaves a husband an infant child. She was a member of the Baptist church, 28 years old, and highly esteemed. Before her marriage she was an employe of the telephone exchange and was very popular among her circle of friends and acquaintances.


From the Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Sept. 11, 1919

Rev. L.I. Cox of Elon College Dead

Last Friday morning about 8 o’clock at his home at Elon College Rev. L.I. Cox died almost suddenly. The news of his departure was received with sincere regrets by all who knew him. He was a forceful preacher of the Word and a man of sterling worth and character. He had a large circle of friends and acquaintances and it was a privilege to have known and come in contact with him. His life was work—work for the uplift and betterment of his fellows. In his church he was trusted and honored. He was born in Randolph county Nov. 20, 1868. His widow, six sons and five daughters survive him. A great concourse of people attended the funeral in the college chapel at Elon Sunday at 11 o’clock. The body was laid to rest in Elon cemetery.


From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Sept. 5, 1919

The Death of an Aged and Interesting Woman

Mrs. Mary Ann Jenkins, age 78, died at her home on South Road Street in this city Tuesday, September 2, following an illness of several years. She had undergone two operations for cancer in a Norfolk hospital and made a brave fight for life.

Mrs. Jenkins was an able, intelligent and interesting woman. She was a native of Leeds, England. Her husband Thos. M. Jenkins, was a marine engineer. They came to this country about 50 years ago, settling lower Pasquotank. Later they moved to Elizabeth City. Thos. M. Jenkins died about 26 years ago, but is still remembered by many old residents who recall that he was a master of the violin and could brew ale and beer that smacked of the finest imported articles.

Mrs. Jenkins is survived by three children. They are Mrs. J.D. Sykes, Mrs. Chas. Sanders and Victor M. Jenkins, all of this city.

Mrs. Jenkins was cheerful, brave and uncomplaining thru all her sufferings. Dr. Payne, who operated on her in Norfolk, remarked her wonderful fortitude and declared she was one of the most wonderful patients ever under his observation.


From The Independent, Elizabeth City, N.C., Sept. 5, 1919

Wealthy Pasquotank Man Died Suddenly Sunday

Charles L. Hinton, age 62, died suddenly at his home in Newland township, this county, last Sunday. He was apparently in good health a few hours before his sudden death. Mr. Hinton was a son of the late John Louis Hinton and one of the owners of the large Main Street business block in this city known as the Hinton Building, and other valuable property. He is survived by a wife. The Hintons are said to have recently refused an offer of $350,000 for the Hinton building.


Harvey Crawford

James Harvey Crawford, for many years a resident of this city, died at Black Mountain in the North Carolina “Land of the Sky” last Saturday. Mr. Crawford was connected with the Norfolk Southern Railroad offices here several years ago and removed from here to New Bern, N.C., where he had charge of the company’s freight business until illness compelled him to give up. He is survived bya  sister in this city, Mrs. W.W. Woodley.


From The Hickory Daily Record, Monday evening, Sept. 1, 1919

Infant Burns to Death Today in Home

The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Jones McFalls was burned to death about 11:20 this morning when fire, originating from an oil stove, almost completely destroyed their home just this side of the Brookford Mills store. Mrs. McFalls was in the yard dressing a chicken when the stove exploded. She rushed into the house for her baby, which was about six months old, but was driven back by the flames.

The Hickory fire department was summoned, but the truck did not attempt to leave until the horse truck was made ready and manned in case of an alarm in the city. High Pressure at Brookford burst the hose in use there and a second connection had to be made. Part of the household furnishings were saved.

The whole community was shocked by the terrible death of the baby at Brookford. The body was carried to Tipton’s undertaking establishment for burial.


Death of Mrs. Poovey

Mrs. Catharine Setzer Poovey, widow of the late Taylor Poovey, died at her home in West Hickory early Sunday morning at the age of 74 years, four months and 14 days. The funeral was held today from Mt. Olive Lutheran church. Mrs. Poovey is survived by several children, was a consistent member of the Lutheran church and was an unusually good woman.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

Health Focus in Roanoke Rapids, 1919-20

From the front page of The Roanoke Rapids Herald, Sept. 19, 1919

Object of the County Health Work

The State Bureau of County Health was started July 1, 1917, by an appropriation of $15,000 by the State and a like amount by the International Health Board. The object of the Bureau is to demonstrate the best method of conducting County Health work, and at the same time demonstrate to a County that it is able to maintain an adequately equipped full time Health department.

The State Bureau is cooperating with Halifax in a three-year plan of public Health work. The work consists of derinite (that’s what was written) on the more important Health problems rather than an attempt to cover the entire field of County Health actively in a short period of time.
The more important units are concerned with:

--Diseases attending soil pollution, such as typhoid fever, Infant Diarrhea, the dysenteries and hookworm.

--Life Extension Work in which by physical examination the diseases of adult life may be recognized early and cured or prevented.

--Medical inspection and treatment of school children, the quarantining of infectious diseases, the prevention of tuberculosis, and infant Hygiene work.

During the first year of the County Health Department three units of work will be undertaken: the quarantine, the soil pollution and the school unit.

The quarantine is the enforcement of the State quarantine law…. Infections and contagious diseases are required to be reported by the attending physician or by the householder and in suspicious unreported cases the health officer may visit a home and investigate. A record of each case will be kept at the County Health Office and the report is then sent to the State Board of Health.

…. The work of the school unit is to obtain a record of the physical condition of every child in the County, and to get as many as possible of the defectives treated. This is an enforcement of the law enacted by the General Assembly of 1917, which provides for the physical examination of every school child, of public school age, at least once in three years. The budget of the County provides $500 a year to aid in the treatment of defective children, whose parents are financially unable to provide the necessary attention. ….

The Chief of the State Bureau of Medical Inspection of schools has promised to furnish a dentist, with a portable dental outfit, for three months to work especially the rural districts.

The soil pollution unit has been greatly aided by the sanitary privy law which goes into effect October 1, 1919. But good work can be done along sanitary lines both in the schools and out, instructing the people and especially the younger generation in the necessity of sanitary privies and safe wells, also the drainage of stagnant pools to eradicate the mosquito and malaria.

Sunset Valley by A.C. Pinkney, September 1919

From the Brevard News, Friday, Sept. 26, 1919

Sunset Valley

By A.C. Pinkney

The very name is suggestive of green trees, glowing skies and blue, blue hills!

One afternoon in late September we took the trail to Sunset Valley—along a road of clay so red it seemed to have a reflected glow which was no doubt caused by the ardent kisses of old Sol, who is at his best in the mountains. We passed a few mountain cabins, with their over-flowing inmates and bright hued flowers. Next appeared a quaint old farmhouse with a view calculated to broaden the narrow soul on every side.

After some miles of road, lined with tall sentinels of graceful queen of the meadow, golden rod and deep purple iron weed, we came around a sharp curve and the old mill came into view. The old mill, there gray in the distance, with its great wooden wheel, so suggestive of latent power! A few yards further and our ears caught the trinkling (what was written) of running water, one of nature’s offerings to man—and surely no sweeter sound can come to human ears! Just before we reached the mill, we stopped to examine the great hand-bellows and forge, relics of primitive days—bringing up pictures of the times when man indeed earned his bread by the sweat of his brow. We walked on for a distance, ascending a hill, at the top of which we turned and beheld “Sunset Valley” in all its glory, a green knob in the foreground, with cattle grazing peacefully, the old mill in all its picturesque beauty, and beyond, and always beyond the dim, mysterious hills, rising higher and ever higher, until they seemed to touch the sky.

The streams go safely flowing down
    to Sunset Valley!
Nothing earthly seems to frown
   On Sunset Valley.
The winds are cool and soft and sweet
    In Sunset Valley;
The wild flowers gather at your feet
    In Sunset Valley.
The old world seems so far away
    In Sunset Valley;
Oh! I could worship every day
    In Sunset Valley.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Trial Alleging Conspiracy by Mill Owners Against Union Begins in Albemarle, N.C., Sept. 27, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 27, 1919

Five Defendants Fail to Appear. . . An Effort to Prove Mill Owners Had Formed Conspiracy

Albemarle, Sept. 26—Five of the 27 textile mill operatives charged with rioting and conspiracy to resist the law, were absent and forfeited their bonds when the cases of the 27 were called for hearing before Justice of the Peace Littleton here today. D.E. Porter, another defendant, who was wounded in the disorder at the Wiscassett mill on September 15, was said to be still unable to attend trial. The day was consumed in hearing the State’s evidence against the 21.

Albemarle, Sept. 26—Evidence to prove that the manufacturing interests in Albemarle with their friends are guilty of conspiracy to break the laws of the State of North Carolina almost got into the record of the court today and the battle to keep it out was fiercely waged all day, wordy arguments between the prosecution taking up much time.

The first meeting of the textile operatives in Albemarle for the purpose of hearing a speaker and organizing a union was broken up by a party led by an unknown man who announced himself as the high sheriff of Stanly county and ordered speaker M.G. Ledford to leave the county at once. Backed into a corner by an enraged audience, he pulled a gun on them, which was taken from him. Report at the time had it that he escaped ducking in the nearby creek by giving the Masonic signal of distress. Ledford, being a Mason also, intervened and the man was allowed to leave. The occurred some three months ago.

Today Frank Dunn, witness for the State, admitted on cross-examination that he was present on this occasion and that he saw there Messrs. Joe Cannon, Jap Efird, Titus Efird, Alma Smith, M.L. Rogers, all associated with the mills, and Tom Manness and C.P. McSwain, deputy sheriffs. E.C. Hendricks, an overseer in the Wiscassett mills, was also a reluctant witness to the presence of these people.
Solicitor Brock objected to the introduction of this evidence at this time as not bearing on the case and made the statement that at the proper time he expects to investigate this other fight. Asked when, he replied, “That’s my business,” immediately following with the assurance that he intended no abruptness, only that the State was directing the case. Judge Thomas A. Jones held the belief that since the prosecution is introducing various matters pertaining to the membership and meetings of the labor unions it might also be held that evidence showing that effort was made to prevent the organization of the union by the unlawful breaking up of their first meeting could be considered. Judge Littleton ruled with the prosecution.

A number of witnesses told the story of the deputizing of numbers of men on the day of the shooting by the simple process of the mayor or a policeman or Mr. Jim Lowder, former alderman but present status unfixed in the record, going through the ceremony of creating special police by saying: “I deputize you special officer of the town of Albemarle,” presenting a card bearing: “Special officer appointed Sept. 15, 1919, J.A. Groves, Mayor,” and bestowing as a kind of identifying accolade a bit of blue ribbon for the buttonhole.

Evidence was much the same as in the Ritch Graham cases. Manyi of the same witnesses were introduced and their testimony was the same of the things heard in these meetings. When it came to the point of identifying the defendants of today as being present at the meetings, things rather lagged. Everybody was certain that the president was there, that the vice president was there, that Ritch and Graham were there. When it came to the naming as present the 27 men on trial today it was hard on witnesses who had for the most part stood in the rear of an overcrowded hall.

News Briefs From Wilson, N.C., Sept. 27, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Saturday, Sept. 27, 1919

Fell From Wagon
Henry Bynum, a colored man, who resides on the farm of Mr. Tom Washington, fell off a wagon this morning and cut his head badly while in front of Mr. Amos Hayes. He was sitting on a wagon which rolled off.

Child Badly Hurt
The young child of Mr. and Mrs. Needham Ward fell down the stairs at their home in Selma and fractured its skull. It is seriously ill.

Personal Items
Mr. E.R. Moore, one of our linotype operators, was called to Burlington yesterday on account of the illness of his mother.

Mr. F.C. Parris of Crews, Va., whose arm was cut off in the swinging saw at the Hackney Wagon Company a few days ago, is getting along nicely.

His many friends will be pleased to see Mr. W.J. Welsh out again from his recent illness of the past two days.

Placing Sewers
Mr. Robert L. Wilkins, Superintendent of Streets, is placing sewers on Hines and Crowell Streets.

Fire This Morning
There was a fire this morning at East Nash Street Pharmacy, D.C. Yancey. The damage was about $1,100; $300 to the store and about $800 to goods partly covered by insurance on goods. The building was entirely covered.

Mayor’s Court
Arthur Lamm was charged $104.25 for having a half gallon of liquor on hand at his place of business.

Automobile Found
Mr. T.E. Allen of Durham, whose car was stolen recently while on a visit to Wilson, has found his machine, it having been returned and left in front of the New Briggs Hotel almost where it was left a week or more ago. The party who took the car painted it another color and changed the number on it. It was damaged considerably. There is no clue as to who took the machine.

Makes Another Large Purchase
Mr. W.E. Smith certainly has great faith in Wilson’s future. He has made another purchase of property and has bought from the Atlantic Christian College 40 acres of land adjoining his present property for which he paid $20,000. This he proposed to develop into residence property.

Notice to Milk Consumers
Beginning October 1st the following price for milk will be in effect: Quart, 18 cents, pint, 9 cents. College Dairy, Phone 787.

Red Cross Badges for 1,600 Hours Service, 400 Hours Service in Brevard During War, Sept. 26, 1919

From the Brevard News, Sept. 26, 1919

Red Cross Presents 47 Service Badges

At a meeting of the Red Cross held in the U.D.C. Library on Monday night, the service badges prescribed by the Red Cross for those who had given 400 hours or over of work during the war period were presented and business relative to the Red Cross extending its home service to civilian relief was discussed, this to be acted upon definitely at a future meeting. The following were Presented with service badges according to the hours worked:

1,600 Hours

Mrs. J.S. Silversteen
Mrs. Ed Patton
Mrs. H.N. Carrier
Mrs. John Smith
Miss Gertrude Zachary
Miss Annia Gash
Miss Delia Gash

800 Hours

Mrs. Drysdale
Mrs. Taylor
Mrs. Fred Miller
 Mrs. T.L. Gash
Mrs. W.W. Zachary
Mrs. Camp
Mrs. Thos. Shipman
Miss Eliza Walker

400 Hours

Mrs. Bailey
Mrs. Albert
Mrs. Henning
Mrs. Flem Galloway
Mrs. O. Summey
Mrs. Macfie
Mrs. Witmer
Mrs. Z.W. Hichols
Mrs. Welch Galloway
Mrs. H.M.L. Miller
Mrs. Chas. Cooks
Mrs. W.H. Allison
Mrs. Crary
Mrs. Hardin
Mrs. J.A. Miller
Mrs. Lee Norton
Mrs. Salley Zachary
Mrs. Geo. Marshall
Mrs. Fitz. Taylor
Miss Mollie Hood
Miss Effie Mulenex
Miss Boswell
Miss Julia Deaver
Miss E. Wallis
Miss Lelia Brooks

The following service badges were also given to men for 400 hours’ service and over:

W.E. Breese
R.H. Zachary
Rev. W.E. Poovey
Rev. J.C. Seagle
G.E. Lathrop
H.N. Carrier
J.S. Silversteen

There were a great many who have done faithful work and really deserve the badges; however, the rules prescribed that only those of 400 hours and over have this token presented to them.

C.W. Hunt Proposes Brevard-Seneca Railroad, Sept. 26, 1919

From the front page of the Brevard News, Sept. 26, 1919

Brevard-Seneca Route Suggested

By C.W. Hunt

God-speed and all praise to those progressive citizens who are striving to give us the inestimable advantage of another railroad.

The “C. K. & W.” is dead, may a better route arise, Phoenix like, from its ashes.

It is not necessary to write a long argument in favor of this proposed railway, practically a through route. All can look and read what great things our one little railway has done for us, but now our great, progressive country and section is like a giant trying to walk on one leg.

By all means give us another road. It is a vital necessity. Our prosperity will not only be doubled; it will be quadrupled.

Lest we forget what great things can be accomplished by imagination, hope, faith, energy and push, it is in place and instructive to refer to the inception and beginning of our present road, which will be interesting history, showing us how it was done, what great things developed from a very small beginning.

Before this road was made all can remember that in winter we had an ever present deep mud hole 20 miles wide connecting us with Hendersonville. That Brevard and Transylvania County were dead, no trade or development from one year to another.

One gloomy day the writer was sitting in Mr. W.B. Duckworth’s office, in company with him and Mr. Nath. McMinn—peace to be their ashes. We three introduced and discussed the time-worn subject of getting a railroad to Brevard, and decided that we must have a railroad and that we would “make a spoon or spoil a horn” in trying again to interest the people who seemed to have lost hope.

It was decided to vote bonds for $60,000 to bring the road to Brevard and not require the builders to take it to Estatoe Ford for that sum, as had been tried years before.

It was agreed that Mr. W.B. Duckworth should go with the writer to Hendersonville and interview her business men. This was done at once, a long drive in a buggy, there one day and all of the next day to return. Mr. Jonathan Williams was one of the principal men interviewed.

The next step—a railroad meeting was called. Mr. Williams came up and made us a railroad speech. Only a handful of progressive men attended this meeting. The writer went to Mr. Duge Hamlin’s school and induced him to come and act as chairman of the meeting, which he did with dignity and success.

Then a petition was started, requesting our Commissioners to call an election for railway bonds. A great many became enthused in favor of the road and a great many opposed the movement, good citizens, who could not see the advantage of the road that stopped at Brevard, and those who could not see the many dollars of gain for a few pennies of tax. The whole upper end of the county was practically against the road. Bonds only carried by a hair’s breadth, after the most exciting and hardest campaign ever waged in this county.

Many subscribed to a campaign fund. Mr. A.E. Boardman upon being requested to subscribe, did so, but business was then so dead that he expressed the opinion that if we got the road, it would not make enough to pay for its grease.

All now see what this road has done for us and I believe that every man in our county would vote bonds for another road, and all of the women, if they could vote, and I wish that they could.

Look at the map. The best route and the one that I most earnestly advise, is a road connecting with our present road at the Curved Trestle, above Rosman and running through Maple Gap, the lowest gap in the Blue Ridge. This would save the building from Brevard to the trestle, 12 and two-tenths miles, then a short line of 40 miles would give us the desired connection with Seneca, S.C., and thereby almost a direct connection with Atlanta, Ga.

Of course it would be much better if we could come from Asheville through Sandy Bottom to Brevard, Rosman and Seneca.

Do not forget that the proposed Brevard-Seneca road would give us practically a direct connection with Atlanta. Coal and other northern freight would have a road about 100 miles shorter than the steep, dangerous Saluda route.

On the South Carolina side there are now great quantities of timber waiting for this road.
After all of the lumber and wood is shipped from our county, we will need something else, this something else is crowds of tourists coming from the south, direct to Brevard each season.

Brevard’s geographical position is such that with this road she would become the greatest tourist center in Western North Carolina. Made accessible by good roads, her climate and scenery would become an invaluable and inexhaustible asset.

The above route will give us a real southern connection much better than a connection with Greenville, though as soon as we get the Brevard-Seneca road, we should then get an electric road to Greenville, if a practical route can be found and if the citizens of Greenville will co-operate.

An electric road, I am told, is cheaper to build but more expensive to operate.

The Brevard-Seneca road would be the greatest thing that could happen for both places, a steam road, bringing tourists to Brevard from Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina, and pulling innumerable freight trains all of the time.

I appeal to the business men of our county to get busy at once and discuss these matters, decide upon the best course to take, and get the work under way. It is self-evident that something must be done at once if we are to properly develop our resources and keep abreast of the times.

Our rich corporations, successful business men and prosperous farmers could easily form a stock company and build and own this road themselves, or our rich county could easily vote bonds. The citizens of Seneca and Oconee County will doubtless upon proper representation from us, do their part in building this road. In fact those owning the great timber interests along this proposed line could even afford to build it themselves.

Please remember that the Brevard-Seneca Road would be the greatest thing possible for Brevard and Seneca, and I honestly believe that the people will see the matter as I do and will built the road. Let us hear from all.

--C.W. Hunt

Thursday, September 26, 2019

S.M. Phelps Gives Barbecue In Honor of His Sons Who Returned From War, Sept. 26, 1919

From The Franklin Times, Louisburg, Sept. 26, 1919

A Barbecue

A most delightful barbecue was given Wednesday, September 17, on the grove of Mr. S.M. Phelps, near Louisburg, in honor of his returned sons who went to answer their country’s call in the great world war.

The many friends and relatives gathered about 10:30 o’clock in the morning. Sociable talks between the friends were enjoyed very much. The many little children were entertained by “grandfather” Phelps, as he is known and loved by all children. He is the aged father of Mr. S.M. Phelps. After all the enjoyment of the morning the dinner bell rang for dinner. Everyone gathered around the nicely prepared dinner. The table was full of delicious food of all kinds, everything one’s appetite called for. 

After dinner everyone enjoyed the beautiful music rendered by Miss Sallie Louise Macon, while Mrs. Peter Foster, Miss Blanche Collins, and others sang. After which the guests attended the afternoon service of Corinth Baptist Church. The service began at 2:30 o’clock, everyone who attended enjoyed the sermon very much. After services were over some went to their homes, while others went back to the home of Mr. Phelps. Later in the afternoon everyone departed to their homes rejoicing over the pleasant and happy day they had spent with many friends and relatives, some remarked that the (words obscured) come to the end of a perfect day.

Ahoskie Promises to Provide 26 White Girls to Work in Proposed Factory, Sept. 26, 1919

From the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Sept. 26, 1919

Knitting Mill Is Assured for Ahoskie. . . McDowells of Scotland Neck Promoters. . . Ahoskie Citizens Execute Bond to Furnish 30 Girls to Work

Ahoskie will soon see the establishment of a knitting mill within its midst. The promoters are the McDowells of Scotland Neck, experienced men in the manufacture of hosiery. These people own and operate a large plant in their home town, besides owning and operating a plant in Greenville. They have also established one of their mills in the town of Halifax, but the latter establishment was sold to Halifax capitalists several years ago.

Mr. McDowell, the junior member of this firm, was in this town one day last week, conferring with local business men as to probable location as to a building, and the possibility of securing help. Nothing definite was done then, however. A meeting of interested business men of Ahoskie was called for Wednesday of this week, when Mr. McDowell, by appointment, was here in interest of the proposed mill.

At the meeting on Wednesday, Mr. McDowell outlined the proposed factory, telling of the need of at least 30 white girls to work in this plant, the location of the factory here being contingent upon assurances that the labor would be forthcoming, when operations were begun at the factory here. He also told those present that a suitable building was also necessary in order that they might begin at once to install the necessary machinery. It is thought that a building can be secured, and local interests are working with Mr. McDowell in an effort to rent a suitable building. If one cannot be found, in all probability, some of those under construction will soon be available.

In order to guarantee the promoters against loss in case help could not be secured, enthusiastic citizens assembled in the meeting Wednesday executed a bond of $1,500 guaranteeing that the labor would be at hand when the mill opened. Those signing the bond will make an active effort to secure the help for the factory. A definite plan of securing help will soon be organized by local interests.

If a suitable building can be rented, Messrs. McDowell will be ready for operation within 60 days.

Average Charlotte Family Spent $565 for Food in 1918

From The Franklin Times, Louisburg, Sept. 26, 1919. The statistics are suspect, since they didn't control for number of people in the family and family income, but it's interesting to see what it cost for food in 1918.

Charlotte Was Highest Place to Live in 1918

Washington, Sept. 22—Charlotte, N.C., has the highest and Savanna, Ga., the lowest general average in the cost of living per family during the year 1918, according to an analysis of food budgets gathered by the bureau of labor statistics in the cost of living survey just made public. Ninety-one cities in various parts of the country were listed, and of these Charlotte ranked sixth while Savannah was lowest.

The average annual expenditure for food by all families in all cities listed was $511, while Fall River, Mass., stood at the top with $624.

The average at Charlotte was $565 and at Savannah $427. Newbern, N.C., which was third from the lowest among Southern cities had an average of $456.

The bureau pointed out that there is weakness in comparison in that families concerned differed somewhat in income and greatly in size.

Temporary Clinic Set Up in Winton to Remove Tonsils and Adenoids From 23 School Children, Sept. 26, 1919

From the Hertford County Herald, Ahoskie, N.C., Sept. 26, 1919

N.W. Britton Gives Facts About Clinic for School Children Held in Winton

As is well known in different parts of the County, a clinic was held in Winton last year for the treatment of school children suffering from adenoids and diseased tonsils. It was our purpose to hold another this fall, but owing to an outbreak of influenza it was postponed to a later date. On the 29th day of August another was held, at which 23 school children were treated successfully, no serious results following a single case.

Dr. John B. Wright, a specialist from Raleigh, who did the work last year, performed the operations this fall. He was assisted by Miss Nora E. Pratt, who represents the Board of Health, Miss Brown, Dr. Wright’s nurse, and two other graduate nurses, together with Dr. W.B. Pollard of Winton and Dr. Paul H. Mitchell of Ahoskie.

The entire cost of each one of the children was only $15, which covered the charges made by the specialist, nurses, doctors, the fitting up the building for this purpose, and nourishment needed for the children during the stay in Winton overnight. This cost was exceedingly small compared with charges made when children have to be taken to specialists in other cities.

The children treated were from four townships: one from Harrellsville, one from Murfreesboro, five from Ahoskie, and 16 from Winton. This shows that the parents and others are beginning to feel that it is about as safe to have such work done right here in the County as it is to have it done elsewhere.

Thanks are due to the local Red Cross, the club girls, and the people of the community for the splendid service rendered in furnishing all things necessary for the nourishment and comfort of the children while here. Miss Georgia Piland, an excellent young lady and one of our best teachers, with the assistance of Dr. W.B. Pollard, worked up the clinic, having not only done much writing but actually visited many of our people who have children that needed treatment and explained to them the necessity of having their children treated at once. Miss Piland is very much interested in improving the physical condition of the school children of the County, seemingly having caught a vision of the necessity of this matter while assisting Miss Nora E. Pratt last year in the examination of the children of the County.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Engineers Surveying Graham for Sewer Lines, Sept. 25, 1919

From The Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Sept. 25, 1919

Making Survey of Graham for Sewerage System

In accordance with the sentiment expressed by a well attended citizen’s meeting at the court house, called by Mayor R.L. Holmes, a corps of engineers, consisting of Messrs. H.F. Wideman, and F.J. Kies of Atlanta and E.M. Gregory of Charleston, S.C., from the Solomon-Norcross Co. of Atlanta are here working on a survey to determine the feasibility and approximate cost of a sewerage system for Graham.

The meeting expressed a willingness for the Town Board to spend as much as $750 in making the survey, and whether it shall be determined at the completion of the survey to go ahead with putting in the system, or whether it is done later the survey will be made and ready for action and the work will not have to be done over.

The health of a community cannot be counted in dollars and cents, and no town can hope to grow that cannot offer a reasonable assurance to those who would make it their home that the health of the community is being properly cared for. At no time has the State paid so much attention as now to health, and laws looking to conserving the health of the people in town and country are finding their way to the statute books at each session of the State Legislature.

Graham is as healthful, perhaps, more so, than the average town, but that is not enough. It should, in justice to itself, stand in the front ranks, and the expenditure of any sum that the community can bear without being a burden is justifiable.

Local News from Graham, N.C., Sept. 25, 1919

From The Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Sept. 25, 1919

Local News

A light shower of rain fell Tuesday afternoon, but not enough to more than lay the dust.

Mr. L. Banks Holt has purchased a new twin-six Packard and Mr. E.S. Parker Jr. a new Hupmobile.
Graham Chapter of the U.D.C. will meet at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 2nd, with Mrs. Jas. S. Cook.

The Ladies’ Aid Society of Graham Christian Church will meet with Mrs. Ben B. Holt at 3 o’clock on Wednesday afternoon of next week.

Mr. E. Lee Henderson was carried to St. Leo’s Hospital, Greensboro, a few days ago for treatment. While his condition is rather serious the report comes this morning that he is more comfortable.

A church social was held at the Christian Church last night. The assembly consisted chiefly of members of the church and Sunday school. Ice cream and cake were served and a pleasant hour was passed.

The farm of Mr. J. Edgar Long on the Glabrith road, about a mile southeast of Graham, has been purchased by Mr. U.A. Cox of Goldsboro, who will move soon and make it his home. It is one of the best farms in the community.

Mrs. Clarence Hunter received a message today a week ago that her mother, Mrs. Dickey, had died at her home at Shelby. Mrs. Hunter had a message on Friday before that her mother was very sick, but being sick herself she was unable to go to her.

At the memorial service at the Presbyterian Church last Sunday evening a tree was planted in memory of John Snyder, the only member of the church that died in service. The entire service was held on the church lawn and was completed before dark, and was quite impressive.

Orange Presbytery was in session at North Wilkesboro last week. In attendance from Graham Presbyterian Church were Rev. E.N. Caldwell and Mr. J.L. Scott Jr. Rev. Dr. T.M. McConnell, former pastor of the Graham church, was elected Moderator. The next meeting of the Presbytery will be held in Greensboro on Sept. 30th, inst.

Mayor Holmes has appointed a committee consisting of Col. Don E. Scott, E.S. Parker Jr., C.P. Harden, Mrs. J. Harvey White and Mrs. Frank Moore to devise plans for enclosing and beautifying Linwood Cemetery. This committee will also have in charge the raising of a fund for caring for the cemetery.

Piedmont Light and Power Co. Suing Graham and Mutual Light and Power Co., Sept. 25, 1919

From the Greensboro Daily News, as reprinted in The Alamance Gleaner, Graham, N.C., Sept. 25, 1919

Litigation Over Light and Power. . . Town of Graham and Mutual Light and Power Co. 
Temporarily Restrained. . . Hearing Oct. 4th

Litigation affecting thousands of people in Graham, Burlington and other sections of Alamance County found its way into the United States district court of western North Carolina yesterday when J.B. Pascal and Warner Moore of Richmond, Va., instituted legal action against the mayor and commissioners of the town of Graham and the Mutual Light and Power Company of Graham.
The complainants appeared before Judge James E. Boyd and filed a bill in equity, asking for an injunction against the town of Graham and the Mutual Light and Power Company on the ground that the town of Graham was taking action to abrogate contracts made by the municipality with the Piedmont Light and Power Company.

Electric power for the mills in and around Graham, as well as mills in and around Burlington, and for the operation of street cars between Burlington and Haw River is furnished by the Piedmont Light and Power Company. By making contracts with the Mutual Light and Power Company, the officials of the town of Graham are taking action which would supplant the Piemont Light and Power Company, the complainants contend.

It is contended by the complainants that the franchise granted to the Mutual Light and Power Company for the operation of business in Graham was issued irregularly, only two of the five town commissioners having voted affirmatively on the proposition and only three votes having been cast. 

The franchise of the Mutual Company is for a period of 50 years, and the complainants argue that it would greatly diminish the business of the Piedmont organization. In fact, it is contended that the new franchise would serve to render the business of the Piedmont of very little value.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Wilson Residents Take Spin in Flying Machine; Mrs. Sallie Lipscomb Suffers Broken Hip Watching, Sept. 24, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Sept. 24, 1919

Up in the Airplane

The airplane of the A.E.F. Flying Corporation has been busy since it arrived in this city making ascensions and carrying passengers from Howard Field, about three miles north of the city and the following have been up in the air, and pronounce the sensation most delightful. Lt. Bishop is the pilot of the machine.

Messrs. J.L. Lawhe, Joe Privette, J.R. Hardy, J.A. Corbett Jr., two trips, S.B. Moore, E.L. Wynne, Ben P. Winstead, Willis Hunt, Miss Myrtle Moore, C.D. Strickland, J.C. Hunt, Miss Reba Corbett, C.J. Dalley, Mark Dew, N.L. Finch, M.J. Pate, W.D. Ruffin, Paul T. Bryant, John Kauman, L.B. Winstead, D.N. Epstein, B.H. Ellington, C.G. Edgerton, J.D. Mercer, Misses Winnie Barnes, Connie Bishop, Annie Star, Jesse Bishop, J.G. Rogers Jr., C.C. Harris, Mrs. C.C. Harris, Rev. Morrison Bethea, George A. Lucas, Mrs. N.L. Finch, and Roscoe Fleming.

A Broken Hip

We regret to learn that while looking at the airplane Mrs. Sallie Lipscomb, who is advanced in years, fell and sustained a fracture of the hip. She is getting on as well as could be expected under the circumstances.

Few Prosecutions Will Be Needed to Enforce Compulsory School Attendance in Elm City District, Sept. 24, 1919

From The Daily Times, Wilson, N.C., Sept. 24, 1919

Elm City School District Doing Well

The county school attendance officer Mr. Leonard spent yesterday in the Elm City district and reports that he is favorably impressed with the conditions there.  Not a single case needed investigation in the town, and only a few in the country. He found these people very reasonable and it is only a question of a few days until these children will be in school. It is Mr. Leonard’s impression that very few prosecutions will be necessary in the district.

Monday, September 23, 2019

J.H. Shuford Explains How Albert Corpening Family From Netherlands Ended Up in Hickory, Sept. 23, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, Tuesday evening, Sept. 23, 1919

Albert Corpening

Albert Corpening was born March 16, 1747, in Younpts in the Netherlands in Europe, and came to Pennsylvania before the Revolutionary War. Barbara Propst was born February 1, 1754, in Pennsylvania in Lynn township, Northampton county.

Albert Corpening and Barbara Propst were married June 23, 1774. They came to Lincoln county in 1775. The children of Albert Corpening and his wife were: John, Polly, Abram, Catherine, Elizabeth, Jacob, George and David.

Albert Corpening lived about a year in Lincoln county and then moved to Burke county, now Caldwell county, and settled on Lower Creek, where Joseph Corpening lived. There is a house standing where he built. The house was built from logs hewn from the forest. In the summer of 1916 the writer visited the location of the house which was shown him by some of the descendants of Albert Corpening.

The land Albert Corpening owned was granted by Earl Ganville under King George the Second. This land was granted to Phillip Kerns on the 8th day of January, 1761, then conveyed to Conrad Mitchell in 1762, then conveyed by Mitchell to John Conrad Kerns in 1744, then conveyed to Christopher Beckman in 1780, the coveyed to Albert Corpening in 1780.

Albert Corpening gave this land to his son John in 1808. About this time Albert Corpening bought land from General Joseph McDowell on John’s River in Burke County and moved on this farm where he lived until the time of his death. He and his wife are buried on this farm. Albert Corpening died October 30, 1827. His wife died not far from the same date.

Albert Corpening and wife came the emigrant route form Pennsylvania to North Carolina. When they came to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia they were snow bound about 40 days. During this time Albert Corpening threshed wheat at one shilling a day and board. His wife helped the farmer’s wife for her board. This habits of industry and economy are found among the Corpening people in this section of the country at this time.
--J.H. Shuford

Two Men Apply For License to Wed Same Girl, Sept. 23, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, Tuesday evening, Sept. 23, 1919

Two Men Get License to Marry the Same Girl

Fayetteville, Sept. 23—Disappointed in his desire to obtain a license to wed the girl of his choice because another had beaten him to the registrar of deeds’ office by a few hours and had secured a license to marry the girl, the girl being the same in both cases, a certain young man of this country applied himself to overcoming the lead which his rival had gotten and succeeded in persuading the girl whose popularity had causes a run on the registrar of deeds’ office, to fly with him to Lumberton. They flew, accompanied by the girl’s mother. The young man hurried to the office of the registrar of deeds of Robeson county and for the third time in two days, applied for a license to wed the same Cumberland county girl was made. And for the second time in two days, it was granted. But this time the fateful paper bore the name of the young man who had arrived too late at the Cumberland registry office. And so they were married.

At least this is the sequel as it comes to Registrar of Deeds D.L. Downing, of an unusual occurrence in his office when two men applied on the same day for license to wed the same girl. The first application was granted. The second, three hours later, was not granted. Mr. Downing was anxious to learn the outcome of the unusual situation and today heard the romantic sequel.

The minister who was to perform the ceremony for the first young man has returned the license to Mr. Downing.

Hickory Collects Food, Flowers, Magazines, for Sick Soldiers at Oteen, Sept. 23, 1919

From the Hickory Daily Record, Tuesday evening, Sept. 23, 1919

Donations for Sick at Oteen

The Hickory canteen will be open Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6 to receive contributions for sick soldiers at Oteen. The box to be packed this time is for Ward R-7, and word has been received that the boys are hungry for home-made biscuits, as they get very tired of baker’s bread. Candy, cookies, cake, fruit, flowers, new magazines, etc., are welcome in the wards of these sick solders whose lunghs have been diseased through mustard gas, and whose hearts are pining for that personal touch. Pathetically so, is the report of those who have visited the hospital.

The colored women of the town are also interested in supplying the colored soldiers with the little luxuries that help to lighten their lives of isolation from home, and will supply the same articles listed above for their boys. All will be taken care of by the Canteen ladies.

Remember the hours—Thursday afternoon from 4 to 6.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

Circus Coming to Hickory, Sept. 22, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 22, 1919

Where Circus Parade Will Move Tuesday

While the circus will begin moving into Hickory by candle light tomorrow evening, one big event will take place in the sunlight. That is the parade.

It will go down Ninth Avenue from the show grounds to Hotel Huffry, cross to Main Street and cut the corner at Lutz’s Drug Store, come out 14th Street to the First Baptist Church and return to the grounds by way of Fifteenth Street and Ninth Avenue. The parade is expected to reach town about 11 o’clock.

Here is where the children will have their big time.

Newsboys to See Circus

Record carriers and newsboys will be guest of John Robinson’s show tomorrow afternoon and night. The advance man here several days ago made provision for the youngsters, who will attend in a body on the express condition that they would deliver their papers well and not miss a customer until Christmas. It was a large promise, but all the lads said they would try.

Raising Money for Pres. Theo. Roosevelt Memorial, Sept. 22, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 22, 1919

Roosevelt Meeting for Friday Night

Mr. W.H. Barkley, county chairman, today announced the list of speakers for the meeting in the court house at Newton Friday night at 8 o’clock in the interest of the Roosevelt Memorial Association of Catawba County. All the talks will be short talks, and it is hoped that the court house will be filled. The speakers for the occasion are:

L.F. Long, mayor of Newton; J.D. Elliott, mayor of Hickory; W.A. Self, A.A., Whitener, P.A. Setzer, Hickory Township chairman; M.H. Yount, Robert Brady, Conover chairman; Oscar Sherrill, Catawba chairman; Osborne Brown, Dr. Fred Ford, John F. Jones, Longview chairman; H.H. Abee, West Hickory chairman; J. Smith Campbell, C.H. Mebane, W.C. Femister, Ally Gabriel, J.A. Heffner, Mrs. Gordon Wilfond, and C.M. Yoder.

Petition Asks for Recall of Mayor, City Council, for Stand During Strike, Sept. 22, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 22, 1919

Recall in Charlotte

A petition was filed with the city clerk in Charlotte Saturday demanding the recall of Mayor McNinch and other members of the city council for various failures. The petition was started during the strike and is signed by persons who did not like the stand of the administration during the strike. Three times the number of signatures required were attached.

County Judge Ingram Hears Charges of Conspiracy, Sept. 22, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 22, 1919

Albemarle Riot Cases Heard By County Judge

Albemarle, N.C., Sept. 22—The preliminary hearing of the various men charged with conspiracy in the near-riot here last Monday was begun this morning at 11:25 before County Judge Ingram and promised to develop much controversy before the cases are disposed of late this afternoon.

The defense insisted on a bill of particulars in certain counts against the 22 men, but Judge Ingram overruled the motion, declaring that the evidence m8ight just as well be presented.

Solicitor Brock urged that all the cases be lumped together, but the court overruled him and allowed Organizers Ritch and Graham to be tried together. The taking of evidence then began.

The factory whistles blew this morning for the first time, but it is said that only about 5 per cent of the 3,000 employes of the mills responded.

The county court can find only probable cause and the defendants in such case will be found over to court. If the state fails to make out a case, the matter will be dropped.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Shipbuilders Go on Strike Alleging Favoritism Toward Negroes, Sept. 20, 1919

From The Hickory Daily Record, Sept. 20, 1919

Ship Workmen at Wilmington Strike

By the Associated Press

Wilmington, Sept. 20—A general strike of skilled workmen went into effect at the plant of the Carolina Shipbuilding Corporation at 10 a.m. today when over 1,000 men quit work as a protest against alleged discrimination in favor of negroes. Practically every craft in the yard is affected. The strike vote was taken at a secret meeting in the court house last night and 270 votes were cast in favor of the walkout and seven against the action.

Mattie Haden Takes Law Into Her Own Hands, Sept. 21, 1919

From the Richmond, Va., Times-Dispatch, Sunday, Sept. 21, 1919

Teacher Becomes Sleuth; Pours Beer into Run. . . Sits on Guard with Shot Gun Until Sister Succeeds in Locating Several Helpers

Lynchburg, Va., Sept. 20—When Miss Mattie W. Haden, a Campbell County school-teacher, had reason to believe that “moonshine” liquor was being made in the vicinity of her home, she didn’t report it to the State or national government, but set about to locate the still unassisted, and when she located it she poured 400 gallons of “beer” into a stream.

Rather, Miss Haden discovered the “beer” when it was just ready for a run, which would have turned out 40 gallons of corn liquor, and then, while she kept watch with a loaded shot gun, waited for her sisters to go for several men who had strength sufficient to spill the mash. Miss Haden ordered the men to pour the mash into Falling River, and this they did. The operators of the still did not appear on the scene during the “raid.”